CLEVELAND: Manager Terry Francona didn’t allow Ubaldo Jimenez to go out for the ninth and try for a shutout today, but it wasn’t just a matter of his pitch count (108).
“”He had enough after eight,’’ Francona said. “”And we’re trying to keep Vinnie (Pestano) on a pretty good schedule as he makes his way back. So Vinnie was going to pitch. I think the biggest thing is for him to get consistent work.’’
Pestano was sidelined with a sore elbow for two weeks, and the suspicion is that erratic activity led to the injury.
Today, Pestano’s fastball was clocked mostly at 92-93, which is his norm. In his last appearance it was 90-91, and in his first outing after resting the elbow, he was throwing 88 mph fastballs.
“”He’s getting there,’’ Francona said. “”He feels better about himself, and it shows in his pitching.’’